Grateful Dead Live at JFK Stadium on 1989-07-07
Hell In A Bucket
Little Red Rooster
Ramble On Rose
Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
Let It Grow ->
Box Of Rain ->
Scarlet Begonias ->
Fire On The Mountain
Estimated Prophet ->
Standing On The Moon
The Other One ->
Wharf Rat ->
Turn On Your Lovelight
Knockin' On Heaven's Door
Audience DAT mastered with unknown mics/deck. Nonetheless,
this is a most enjoyable, "you are there", FOB Audience recording.
EAC'ed / SHN'ed by Scott Clugston
Notes from Chaz:
I retracked d1t07 & d1t08 using CDWave and verified correct sector
boundaries using shntool. The original seed was tracked in the middle
Blow Away (d1t08)
Subject: Middle of hot tour
Second hot show in a row. This was one of two times here that Hornsby opened, though he never played WITH them here (and only with them in Philly in March '92). Luckily, it was back to the Spectrum in the autumn (and 18 more times). This falls near the middle of one of the most consistent tours of all time for the band, with several top shows (see 7/4, 7/17, 7/19). An uncomfortably hot, triple-digit day inside the reflector, which more often that not zapped the band. But this - stadium Dead is supposed to be this way. The 2nd set is almost 2hrs. JFK was demolished shortly thereafter.
First Set. A great-out-the-gate Hellina is almost always an augury. Indeed, the Iko Iko is landmark -
and 1st set, second song, no less. Little Red Rooster is just slammin' blues. Even Bobby's Slide Practice™ is overshadowed by brilliance. The energy carries through the next few, and even '89's oft-lackluster Loser is in a version to perk fans of the last fair deal. Let it Grow is slick, like most '89s, with some roaring stadia-Jer in the middle. Blow Away is also good. Though not best-of-'89 it's on Built to Last - albeit with the beginning shortened by 16 seconds. This was the peak of Brent histrionics and it's definitely a blockbuster version that consolidates and blows up. But it always seemed like gray angst to me. I don't concur with comparisons to Pigpen. It was all Brent - whom I liked, so I dig it overall.
Second Set. Bobby does the Throwing Stones riff but Phil decides to sing a Box, which is like most '89s. Scarlet, however, shoots right back to 1st set x-factor. The great jam has an eclectic charm. It takes seven minutes for Fire to take off but then Jer seals a helluva ScarFire. The middle of the set is average '89, with a languid Standing, though the end was always nice in '89. The TOO puts the stadium back into levitation, gearing for everybody to land in Jer's palm for Wharf Rat. Though everybody is economical, they are poignant and it's a stadium shaker. Lovelight has a nice false ending and Bobby sings more than yelps. Knockin' on Heaven's Door is unusually well-delivered.
1st Set: A
2nd Set: B-
Overall = 4 stars
Iko Iko - landmark Iko. And 1st set no less
Little Red Rooster - slammin' blues
Loser - money
Let it Grow - slick; roaring
Scarlet Begonias - eclectic charm
Wharf Rat - stadium shaker
Knockin' on Heaven's Door - as good as it got
SOURCES: The clugston_10925 puts you there. The tetzeli_fix sounds good too. Official release plus vid: Crimson, White & Indigo. Blow Away is a (slightly edited) bonus on Built to Last. An excerpt of Little Red Rooster is on the Searching for the Sound disc, titled "Brent Blues Jam", with Phil's "Comments on Brent Blues Jam".
Subject: 89 and 90 each show seemed to peek even hire golden era of the dead
Subject: Final event at JFK
Subject: Great show!
Edit: Apparently it was Bruce Hornsby that opened. Los Lobos was up in Giants stadium a couple of days later. Oh well, the years go by, they melt into a dream!
Subject: Blown away
Giving a listen to this recording, it really does the show justice. Great quality recording. Lots of energy from the boys mixed in with some great tender moments. Brent really tears it up on Blow Away. You have to imagine the heat of the day had them fired up. But they cool it down too. I love the Wharf Rat. They have some great moments with the harmonies.
Subject: 1st Dead Show
Subject: the movie
Subject: Great recording, even better show
Subject: with audiophile headphones on
more midrange punch and cleaner highs.
the Loser, desolation row, let it grow, blow away were all standout versions and still have amazing memories of being there.
cant wait to see the dvd
Subject: My first Dead Show
Subject: Another awesome philly show
Subject: Red bandana
The show is fantastic. the ripping Hell in a bucket starts off the party and it just keeps going into a great Aiko. The Let It Grow and the Blow away are some of the best of the '89 tour. The Scarlet>Fire is one of the best. The boy's really flex some muscle on it. The Other One is rockin'. I am so happy to find this show.The sound quality is very good. Thank You!!!! Thank You Jerry and the boys!!!!
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